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Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Services for Children, Adults and Parent Support Groups

Working with Families

Tree Tops Children's Occupational Therapy has qualified Occupational Therapists who have extensive experience of working with children over many years.

We see children with a range of disorders who may have a specific diagnosis or may not fit in the criteria for one.

Our therapies help children to improve their sense of achievement, happiness and wellbeing.

Working with Adults

Tree Tops Children's Occupational Therapy has qualified Occupational Therapists who have extensive experience of working with adults.

We see adults with a range of disorders who may have a specific diagnosis or may not fit in the criteria for one.

Our therapies help adults to improve their sense of achievement, happiness and wellbeing.

Therapeutic Listening Programme

The therapeutic listening programme is an auditory specialised programme that compliments sensory integration (SI).

This programme is used in our treatment sessions and provides direct input to the vestibular and auditory systems to aid anxiety, attention, balance and many more.

SI Baby Sensory

Sensory Integration Baby Course
Two of our Senior Occupational Therapists, Dawn and Laura, recently attended a two day Baby Sense Course in London, held by Occupational Therapist Meg Faure.
Meg is a specialist Occupational Therapist and author based in South Africa with over 20 years experience working with "fussy" babies, particularly those with sleep problems, irritability and feeding difficulties.
The course was extremely informative with Dawn and Laura gaining new knowledge around sensory modulation disorders in babies/infants and how to identify these. Practical activities allowed the them to plan interventions and home programmes, which involve working closely with the mother/family.
Within the next few months, Tree Tops aim to set up their very own Sensory Babies group. This will be aimed at babies and infants who appear to be "fussy" or "difficult", have problems with sleeping, feeding and may be generally challenging to settle. The group will involve working closely with both baby and mum/dad to identify sensory tools to help their child.

Extreme Behaviours (SOS)

Sensory Obtainable Solutions)
“Pupils with special educational needs accounted for just under half of all exclusions”

Persistent disruptive behaviour in the classroom or home on a daily basis can have an extremely negative impact on both other children’s education and parent/carer and staff morale. Dealing with challenging behaviours can require a high level of support and result in staff, parents/carers feeling helpless when other approaches do not work. Consequently, school exclusion is unavoidable.

Tree Tops offer treatment and courses that are designed to explain how sensory processing difficulties (SPD) can cause or contribute to extreme behaviours, aggression, and anxiety in children.

It can help parents/carers and staff understand how sensory interventions can help our bodies self-regulate to stay in a “ready state”. This equips staff, parents/carers with effective tools to calm and facilitate a child’s compliance - whether they have underlying SPD or not!

Integrating sensory motor programmes and routines into a child’s day is a proactive way of addressing many children’s difficulties whilst reducing behavioural incidents.

Our course offers both theory and practical techniques combined giving participants the opportunity to try basic techniques and discuss ways of adapting interventions to suit their situation, whether in a mainstream or special school or home setting. Educating and empowering teaching staff, parents/carers will create a more positive learning environment.

Working with Schools

At Tree Tops we are passionate about enabling other professionals to understand the nature of a child’s  difficulties in particular with relation to sensory and motor difficulties.

We firmly believe educational staff should have this knowledge and know how such problems impact on a child’s learning, social and emotional wellbeing.



SOS Approach to Feeding

“The SOS Approach to Feeding program was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey. For more information on the SOS Approach to Feeding program, please visit”  Please note, all materials, documents and forms taken from the SOS Approach to Feeding program are copyrighted material and cannot be reproduced in any form without the expressed and written permission of Dr. Kay Toomey.

Working with Parent Support Groups

At Tree Tops we have been invited to attend various parent support groups in the local area.  By giving these talks,  we can help parents/carers understand the nature of their child ’s difficulties and in particular, with relation to sensory and motor difficulties, feeding, sleep, concentration and attachment issues.

By helping to educate parents/carers, it will give them the tools to manage their child’s learning, social and emotional wellbeing.

Attachment Disorder

Attachment disorder is a broad term that is used to describe a series of emotional and behavioural problems that can develop in young children.  They can struggle to formulate bonds to their primary caregivers ie parents.

That first bond we have with our parents from birth is an immediate experience of a trusting environment, followed by an encouragement to learn and develop under their guidance.  However, for some children, this first connection with parents does not occur due to various reasons. This can mean that the close attachment does not have the necessary circumstances to develop as the child's peers.  Therefore, when children do not develop an attachment with their parents/carers, this can lead to attachment difficulties.

At Tree Tops we offer a range of evidence-based therapy and treatment for children who are showing signs of attachment disorder. Established therapeutic techniques, such as play therapy and family therapy, are used to treat children with attachment disorder.

Client Testimonials - Tree Tops Clinic


County Durham

"Through structure and pushing the boundaries each week we saw a huge change in our son’s relationships with adults and other children. Asking our son about the experience he will tell you that he loves attending Tree Tops because it’s fun and exciting and he can wrestle with the bear in Reception."


County Durham

You've helped E* and ourselves in so many ways.  Staff have been super friendly, responding to queries quickly, offering lots of advice.  Thanks for everything.


County Durham

Great service! Additional resources informative and the one-to-one sessions have improved T's motor skills.


County Durham

"I found the Tree Tops service to be first class.  The support to myself and my child was excellent.  The biggest difference was C*'s handwriting skills, they improved 100%!"


County Durham

"Brilliant day with excellent information that had relevant case studies.  For home, understanding my child and her sensory awareness/distresses."


County Durham

"Very impressive service.  Programmes and comments were very constructive and have led to big improvements.  Thank you."

Children's Occupational Therapy North East

Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Ltd are an established service with an outstanding reputation for children's occupational therapy and sensory integration expertise.  

Based in County Durham, we work in partnership with families, schools and health professionals across the North East to make a difference to children’s lives by improving their ability to achieve as well as their general happiness and wellbeing.

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Please get in touch with us if you have any queries about our services, we are always here to help.

Tel: 01325 304 411

Eldon Road
Newton Aycliffe
Co Durham

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